NU-TEACH is not accepting applications for the 2013-14 school year. The NU-TEACH program will end when the 2012-13 cohort completes the program. The program has experienced 15+ years of phenomenal success, with many completers going on to receive prestigious national awards and honors. Many others have assumed positions of educational leadership, and the majority of graduates have successfully established themselves as excellent teachers. We know their contribution to the profession will continue.
Although the existing NU-TEACH alternative teacher certification program will be ending, Northwestern University and the School of Education and Social Policy remain committed to ensuring that all students receive a high-quality education, and to developing effective teachers.
Our Master of Science in Education Program continues to offer a route to teacher certification. If you are a career changer or recent graduate with at least a baccalaureate degree and are interested in becoming a teacher, please visit the Master of Science in Education website for more information.
We wish you success in your ambitions to become a teacher. Teaching is truly a noble profession!
The NU-TEACH Program
NU-TEACH is a different path to teacher certification for career changers and recent college graduates who want to devote themselves to careers as teachers. Instead of the traditional route, through NU-TEACH you will take a fast track to alternative teacher certification in a rewarding, intensive one-year program. Best of all, your enhanced skill set will be all the more impressive with the Northwestern name behind it.
Mission to improve teachingThe NU-TEACH mission is to provide highly qualified teachers for underserved and underprivileged elementary, middle and secondary schools in Chicago schools.
Typically, our teachers are recent college graduates who have earned at least a bachelor's degree and career changers who are determined to make a difference. Many have advanced degrees, and many give up highly visible careers to follow a driving desire to teach.
History of accomplishmentNU-TEACH started in summer 1998 with 30 interns. The program has grown each year, placing hundreds of talented teachers in Chicago elementary schools, middle schools, and high schools.
Over the years, NU-TEACH Teachers have gone on to win some of teaching’s most prestigious honors. These include a Presidential Award for Excellence in Math and Science Teaching, multiple Golden Apple Awards for Excellence in Teaching winners, and numerous other awards and accolades.
NU-TEACH has an impact beyond Chicago classrooms because it collects data about alternative approaches to teacher training, designs innovative curricula and conducts research on how people learn.
Program overviewThe initial session of the three-phase program at Northwestern begins in the summer with an intense, innovative, inquiry-based curriculum. This will include supervised summer student teaching in Chicago schools.
After the summer session, under the mentorship of a master teacher, our interns head their own classrooms, earning a full first-year teacher’s salary and benefits. There is constant feedback and interaction between you, your mentor teacher and the NU-TEACH coordinating staff as you progress toward course completion.
Upon successful completion of the yearlong program, you will be able to apply to the State of Illinois for an initial alternative teaching certificate, permitting you to teach in Chicago for four years before applying for a standard certificate. Successful participants also earn eight credits toward a master's degree, should they decide to continue to pursue the Northwestern Master of Science in Education program.
Phone:Mark Glenn, administrative coordinator
618 Garrett Place
Evanston, IL 60208